Indonesia President Joko Widodo declares victory in presidential race

President Joko Widodo, left, and his spouse Iriana cast their ballot at a polling center in Jakarta on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 18 April 2019

Indonesia President Joko Widodo declares victory in presidential race

  • Indonesia is the world’s third-largest democracy
  • Unofficial results show Joko Widodo’s ticket obtained 54 percent of the popular vote

JAKARTA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo declared victory on Thursday in the race to lead the world’s third-largest democracy, saying unofficial results showed his ticket had got 54 percent of the popular vote in Wednesday’s election.
Widodo ran with Islamic cleric Ma’ruf Amin against former military general Prabowo Subianto, who secured 45 percent of votes, according to unofficial “quick counts” of sample votes by private pollsters.
“We must wait for the official result. But 12 pollsters have given clear results ... we convey that the Jokowi-Maruf ticket got 54.5 percent of the vote while Prabowo got 45.5 percent,” Widodo told a news conference in south Jakarta.
Prabowo has also claimed victory, citing internal polls as showing he won 62 percent of the vote.
The General Election Commission’s website put him at about 45 percent early on Thursday based on results from 808 of more than 800,000 polling stations.


Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi: No proof of ‘genocidal intent’ in Rohingya case

Updated 11 December 2019

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi: No proof of ‘genocidal intent’ in Rohingya case

  • Aung San Suu Kyi said ‘it cannot be ruled out that disproportionate force was used by the military’

THE HAGUE: Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi told the UN’s top court on Wednesday there was no proof of “genocidal intent” behind her country’s military campaign against Rohingya Muslims.
Suu Kyi said “it cannot be ruled out that disproportionate force was used by the military” but insisted that “surely under the circumstances genocidal intent cannot be the only hypothesis.”